SUNRISE, FL, Sporting Alert – No. 19 Florida State is no longer one of the undefeated teams in the country.
The Seminoles (9-1) entered this weekend as one of six unbeaten teams in the nation, but fell 71-70 to Oklahoma State in the opening game of the Orange Bowl Classic doubleheader at the BB&T Center, here in Sunrise, Fla., on Saturday.
Senior Jeffrey Carroll, returning to the starting lineup for Oklahoma State, scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the way for the travelers, who held on for the win, despite shooting less than 40 percent.
Mitchell Solomon added 12 points, including the winning bucket with six seconds remaining to go with 11 rebounds for the Cowboys (8-2), who also got 12 points from Tavarius Shine, who made a big 3-pointer to break a 64-64 deadlock with 2:56 left.
Phil Cofer finished with a career-high 22 points and made 5 shots from 3-pointers to lead the way for Florida State, but missed a key free throw with less than one minute to play.
Terance Mann ended with 20 points on 9 of 15 shooting to go with 14 rebounds for the Noles, who had won nine straight coming into this game.
Mfiondu Kabengele scored 12 points off the bench for the Seminoles, who shot 41 percent overall as a team and 40 percent from 3-point range.